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Obama & Romney: Where They Stand on Tech & Science

Before you hit the polls tomorrow, here's where each presidential candidate stands on tech and Internet policies.

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By now, you probably know where President Barack Obama and Republican contender Mitt Romney stand on taxes, healthcare and fiscal policies

But which presidential candidate is the friendliest to the world of tech? The Verge recently did a comprehensive break-down of each candidate’s technology and Internet policies. 

Here are the highlights:

1. Broadband Internet

Romney: Governor Romney has said he wanted to make broadband Internet far more accessible to Americans, especially to those in rural locations. Romney plans to reach this goal, the website reported, by partnering the private sector with the public one.

Obama: While Obama hopes to bring broadband adoption to 90% of America by 2020 with the National Broadband Plan, The Verge reported, he is struggling to achieve this projected progress. 

2. Internet Regulation

Romney: Romney is reportedly against network neutrality (which defines how tightly the government can regulate Internet providers). Romney even said that the regulations would turn the government into a "central gatekeeper in the broadband economy."  Romney is reportedly opposed to FCC web regulations.

Obama: According to the website, Obama is a supporter of network neutrality. Obama advocated net neutrality rules in 2007 that also appeared in the FCC's Open Internet policies. 

3. Energy Efficiency 

Romney: Romney criticized President Obama in the October debates for not giving enough support to green energy companies like Tesla, Solyndra, and Fisker. However, Romney also said he wants to cut all tax credits given to wind energy companies, according to the website. 

Obama: In his 2009 stimulus package, Obama gave $90 billion to companies dedicated to wind and solar energy, along with companies that sought to better the electric grid. Obama also mandated that car fuel efficiency be at 54.5 mpg by 2025--a number that Romney is reportedly against. 

 

 

IMAGE: borman818; IowaPolitics.com/Flickr
Last updated: Nov 5, 2012




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